There's Some Echo On This Skype Call... Or Is It Just Doublespeak?

from the what-we-have-here-is-a-failure-to-communicate dept

Skype has been one of the louder voices in pushing for broadband providers to be forced to keep their networks open. One of the company's execs has taken to its blog supporting net neutrality regulations in the EU, making some useful points about how it's services like Skype that sell broadband subscriptions and, specifically, mobile data plans. But how does that reconcile with Skype's mobile moves in the US, where it appears to be pushing exclusive deals with operators over "open" access? So, on the one hand, Skype doesn't want to have to pay telcos for access to its customers. But then on the other, it looks like Skype wants to charge telcos to be able to offer its service to their customers. This makes it look like Skype is okay with pay-to-play systems, but only when it's on the receiving end. Certainly Skype is free to use whatever business model it likes, but it certainly appears it's trying to have the best of both worlds here.
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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Apr 2010 @ 5:45am

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    Wait is this true? TAM, did you make an argument based on logic? Is this actually how skype works? Of course, screw the customer agreement with a rake, but if they do use your badnwidth for calls other than your own, how much consent/information on that is there? I'm guessing there is a clause in their TOS saying "by using Skype(TM)(R)(LMFAO) you agree to blah blah blah..." Again, who cares about the BS agreement? The main thing here is that if true, in exchange for using their service, they require access to an undisclosed amount of your decidedly non-infinite badwidth. That's kinda wonky.

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